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Kristine Scott, Partner, Head of Education Sector and Cheltenham Office

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Direct Dial: +44 3301 075 961
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A bit about me

Education is such an important part of everyday life and I use my expertise to focus on issues relating to staff, pupils and parents to allow schools to keep teaching and learning as a priority.

I am trusted to support educational establishments of all types, from independent schools and grammar schools to colleges with sensitive issues such as child protection, pupil exclusions and parental complaints. Working collaboratively with schools, engaging with them beyond pragmatic legal advice, I see myself as an extension to the school team.

Safeguarding and child protection are vital, creating safer systems in schools and pupil and staff wellbeing. I also help schools when allegations of abuse are made against staff, including support on multi-agency working and the duty to report and refer to the appropriate authorities; I’m also a safeguarding link governor at a large senior school.

The quality of my work is recognised in the legal directories – delighted clients have said “the quality of her response is great, as it is always right first time, and she is great to deal with on a personal level.” Sharing my expertise, I regularly speak at national education sector events and provide training to clients on difficult pastoral issues.

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Communication is key to resolving many issues, so keep talking to each other and to your legal advisers.

Be proactive and keep a paper trail. Thorough preparation at the outset often makes it easier to get your preferred outcome.

Can you help us with a managing an allegation of abuse against a member of staff?
Yes, of course. I frequently support schools on managing allegations of this sort, including liaising with the police and any relevant agencies, support with any reporting requirements to the Charity Commission and reputation management.

How do I keep up to date with all the changes which affect schools?
I would suggest you sign up for our regular schools briefing newsletter together with newsletters from any associations to which the school belongs. We will keep you updated (usually in advance) of any impending changes which may affect you and your pupils, staff and parents.

Where I work

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Face coverings in education: the latest guidance

On Friday 16th October the government updated their guidance on face coverings in education.  A…

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Webinar: Annual update for schools

In this interactive webinar lawyers from our education team and guest speaker Guy Biggin, who…

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The Wider Re-Opening of Schools: Staffing Considerations

This article appeared in the Bursars’ Review in the Summer 2020 edition. The wider re-opening…

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New leadership at law firm to build on success

Key leadership changes at Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ Cheltenham office will build on the firm’s success,…

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Inclusivity in Schools: Recent Issues

The recent global revolt as part of the Black Lives Matter movement has brought to…

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Taking on the Grand Canyon (virtually) for hospice

Tackling the Grand Canyon (virtually) in aid of Longfield Hospice in Gloucestershire is the latest…

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Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020: a briefing note on the new guidance

The government has now published Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020 (KCSIE). The guidance will…

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Webinar for schools: Life after lockdown – Employment Update

In this webinar lawyers from our Education team look at workforce planning and staffing considerations…

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Guidance on the reopening of higher education institutions

On 3rd June 2020 the Department for Education (‘DfE’) published guidance on the reopening of higher…

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Can schools furlough staff (including teachers) during the summer holidays?

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the “Scheme”) which was initially announced by the Government on…

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Watch now: Post lockdown commercial and business issues for schools

Covid-19 has presented schools with all manner of unexpected financial, commercial and business management decisions.…

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Webinar for schools: How to manage a phased re-opening during Covid-19

 Watch Kristine Scott, Head of Education at Harrison Clark Rickerbys, with Rachel Parkin and…

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Webinar for independent schools: Do we have the power to borrow?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JGW09BA2sk&feature=youtu.be Partnering with AGBIS this webinar was aimed at Governors, Clerks to Governors and Bursars.…

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Life after lockdown – Staffing considerations for schools

As we enter week 7 of lockdown and the UK seems to be flattening the…

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Covid-19 summary of key legal and regulatory changes for employers

We are living through uncertain and rapidly changing times and, in recognition of this, in…

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More updated guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The government updated its employers’ guidance regarding its Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) once again…

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Hosting and recording online lessons during the Coronavirus pandemic: What should schools consider?

Schools are facing an unprecedented challenge following the outbreak of the Coronavirus in the UK.…

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Coronavirus: Interim safeguarding guidance for schools

On 27 March 2020, the DfE issued interim safeguarding guidance for schools and colleges to cover…

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The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – FAQs

This note answers the questions that we are being frequently asked about the new Coronavirus…

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Q & A – Furlough Leave

The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced on Friday 20 March that he is setting up…

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Covid-19: Schools Update

This is our second update for schools following the Government announcement to close schools with…

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Covid-19: Schools Update

In light of the Government announcement yesterday at 5.15 pm to close schools with effect…

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Update to Covid-19 - Note on Staff Considerations for schools

Following on from our briefing note on Covid-19 issued last Friday, which may be accessed here,…

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London conference showcases R&I expertise

An audience of more than 130 heard restructuring and insolvency experts discussing recent cases, debating…

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and staff considerations

This guidance was published at 9 am on Friday 13 March 2020 and is subject…

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Covid-19: How to protect your business

General overview The health effects of COVID-19 are well-documented – in this article we review…

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A summary of TPS options and legal issues

TPS withdrawals As at the end of January 2020, 111 independent schools have withdrawn from…

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Reasonable Adjustments for Disabled Pupils: A Practical Guide

The Equality Act 2010 (the "Act") imposes a duty on schools to make reasonable adjustments…

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A brief summary of some of the TPS Options

Employer Contributions in the Teachers' Pension Scheme We have set out a summary of the…

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Clients' praise is the best measure of success for top education lawyers

Praise from clients for their legal skills has brought Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ education team top…

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The ongoing issue of visiting music teachers and their status in schools

This article first appeared in the summer edition of the ISBA’s The Bursar’s Review. In…

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Oxfam and Safeguarding

In June this year the Charity Commission published their report on the inquiry into Oxfam…

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How is student debt affecting mental health?

With one in four people in the UK experiencing mental health problems, students are considered…

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Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019

A draft version of the sixth edition of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 (KCSIE),…

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Cyber security threats should be high on schools’ agenda

Addressing cyber security threats with as much urgency and focus as any health and safety…

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The Independent School Standards – Guidance for independent schools 2019

Since the publication of the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (the ISSRs), the aim…

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Financial challenges facing private schools

Schools will have to pay seven per cent more towards teachers’ pensions from this September,…

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Summary of Counsel’s Advice on the Pensions Consultation Regulations

Many schools will be aware that the NASUWT have disseminated a briefing note to members…

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Single-sex Schools in China

Single-sex schools in China are rare, and there is a huge gap in the market.…

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Education sector hope for innovation

Brexit, like most tumultuous events, could lead eventually to innovation, but is now creating uncertainty…

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Top rankings for legal services to schools

Recognition of the excellent legal services which Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ education team gives to schools…

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Leading legal advisors to education institutions

Being recognised by the judges as leading legal advisors to education institutions, especially against strong…

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Education lawyers win major national award

Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ education team has been named best legal advisor to education institutions against…

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On-line photo copyright

In a decision likely to have wide implications for future online copyright disputes, the Court…

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Recommended action points in light of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 –

Action points for Part one: Update the induction process for staff to include reference to:…

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Education lawyers’ awards success

Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ education team has won Acquisition International Magazine’s Best Education M&A Team award…

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Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018:

Introduction The fifth edition of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 (KCSiE), statutory guidance for…

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Working Together to Safeguard Children: Consultation on revisions to statutory guidance

The Department for Education is currently seeking views on significant revisions to Working Together to…

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New Departmental Advice “Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges”

In December, the Department for Education (DfE) issued advice intended for governing bodies, proprietors, head…

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When the Upper Tribunal refuses to set aside a flawed SEN Tribunal Ruling

In a recent SEN tribunal ruling of KE v Lancashire County Council (Special educational needs –…

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Transgender pupils in schools. What’s in a pronoun?

Quite a lot actually; especially if you are a pupil wishing to identify as a…

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Proposed changes to Keeping Children Safe in Education

The proposed changes are set out within the consultation document and Annex H of the…

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All the GDPR essentials for schools

Practical and comprehensive advice and guidance on the new data protection regulations coming into force…

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Updated ISI Commentary on the Regulatory Requirements September 2017

As many of you may have seen, the ISI have updated the Handbook for Inspection…

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The Children and Social Work Act 2017: Changes for Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children

After substantial amendments, the Children and Social Work Act 2017 received royal assent on 27…

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Getting ready for the General Data Protection Regulation

This article first appeared in the autumn edition of the Magazine of the Boarding Schools’…

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Reasonable Adjustments for Disabled Pupils: A Practical Guide

The Equality Act 2010 (“the Act”) imposes a duty on schools to make reasonable adjustments…

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Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – 10 Steps for Schools

This checklist sets out 10 preliminary steps that schools can now take to prepare for…

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Updated statutory framework for the EYFS: What you need to know

In March 2017 the Department for Education released an updated version of the statutory framework…

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Protecting your school – Implementing a future-proof security strategy

Guest article from Allcooper Group The security of your school It goes without saying that the…

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Reporting Serious Incidents

This article first appeared in the Spring edition of the ISBA Bursar’s Review What is…

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Reputation Management, looking after 28% of your school’s financial value

Guest article from Sarah Pinch, Managing Director, Pinch Point Communications In January last year, the accountancy…

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Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016

The Department for Education recently published the amended statutory guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education…

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Deregulation Act 2015: What it means for schools and home school agreements

The purpose of the Deregulation Act 2015, which came into force in March 2015, was…

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The Perennial Question of Visiting Music Teachers

This article first appeared in the Spring edition of the ISBA Bursar’s Review. Schools engage…

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Warehouse ‘pick rates’ and Disability

The decision of Banaszczyk v Booker Limited, a decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT)…

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New guidance on Part 8 of the Independent School Regulations

Part 8 (‘Quality of leadership in and management of schools’) of the Education (Independent School…

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New Safer Recruitment Checks

From 18 January 2016, schools will be able to check whether a teacher from the…

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The new Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014: a quick guide

The Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (“the Regulations”) came into force at the beginning…

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School Valuation; it’s all about the bricks and mortar – isn’t it?

Property has come to mean different things to different people in the last two decades;…

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New Statutory Safeguarding Guidance for Schools

The Department for Education have published the new statutory guidance for schools and colleges on…

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The Bribery Act What it means for Schools

Introduction The Bribery Act 2010 (“the Act”) came into force on 1 July 2011. It…

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